Bite Busters : How to Deal With Dog Attacks
ANIMAL ATTACK FILES
forwarded by AAF Correspondent: S.M.
from The Electronic Telegraph, London
|Dog led park attack on
By David Millward
Saturday, April 17, 1999
|TWO dogs left
court yesterday with their reputations intact after being cleared of an
attack on a jogger. But a third was ordered to be castrated and muzzled
after leading the assault on a teenager in a park.
It took a jury at Lewes Crown court two hours to "acquit" the two terrier bitches. Warwick Tatford, prosecuting, said: "Although they are only Jack Russells and are rather small dogs, in fact what happened was rather frightening."
The victim, who the court ordered should not be named, said: "Out of the blue, first one dog, followed by another two dogs, came charging up at me and for no apparent reason just started attacking me. I was stunned. It was quite quick, they started attacking my legs and jumping and biting. All over my legs I had a number of bites, they were scratching as well with their claws."
Eventually the dogs were rounded up by their owner, Christina Marchand, 49, a widowed mother of five. Marchand, of Brighton, East Sussex, was fined £100 with £150 costs and ordered to pay the teenager £150 compensation after being found guilty of having a dog dangerously out of control.